Track and Field

From Staff and Wire Reports

Merlene Ottey came close to matching Florence Griffith Joyner's 200-meter record at the Van Damme Memorial track meet at Brussels, running the third-fastest time ever.

Ottey was timed in 21.64, shy of the retired Griffith Joyner's record by 0.30 seconds.

Kenyan John Ngugi ran the third-fastest time ever in the 10,000 meters. His winning time of 27 minutes 11.62 seconds was 3.39 seconds off the 1989 world record of Arturo Barrios of Mexico.

The 200-meter world champion, American Michael Johnson, finished the event in 19.89, 0.17 seconds off the record of Italian Pietro Mennea.

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